21 degree options; reduces debt for today’s student and expands menu of educational options
For the academically motivated and cost-conscious student, Hiram College announces 3-year degrees in 20 academic disciplines. These new programs allow students to complete a bachelor’s degree in three years, taking courses during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms, with summer tuition highly discounted. Like its other pathways, the 3-year option is creatively designed to make a rigorous private college education affordable and accessible to a richly diverse and intellectually curious student body.
The President of the College, Dr. Lori Varlotta, is acutely aware of public expectations regarding higher education. She acknowledges how hard it is to respond to the amplified calls for quality education, access, and affordability. But she quickly states: “Hiram has responded loudly and clearly to all.” Faculty and staff here are justifiably proud that Hiram has recorded positive results in the areas of student success, diversity, accessibility, and degree completion. In Varlotta’s opinion there are not many colleges and universities that can claim success in all four of these areas at the same time. She says: “Hiram is one of the few that can…this makes us market wise and mission driven.”
Hiram’s 3-year degree will allow students in this program to save $26,000 in tuition costs alone and jumpstart their careers by entering the workforce or graduate school a whole year ahead of classmates in the 4-year program. According to the Department of Education’s College Scorecard, Hiram graduates who enter the workforce earn an average income of $37,000 – so, after saving a year of tuition and entering the workforce a year earlier, a student’s total financial advantage may be $63,000 or more with the reduced summer tuition.
This program provides students with clear course pathways and priority scheduling to ensure they get the courses they need at the exact time that they need them to graduate in three years. A listing of the new 3-year degree offerings is available here:
The 3-year option is one of eight distinct college pathways Hiram is offering to prospective college students who want to do interesting work in and out of the classroom and be exceptionally well-prepared for a career or graduate studies. All of Hiram’s degree options are led by dedicated professors teaching small classes; and highly relevant out-of-classroom experiences such as internships, guided research projects and study abroad trips. Together these educational experiences not only prepare graduates for a fulfilling career, but a happy and productive life.
The other Hiram degree pathways include:
- Traditional 4-Year Degree Pathway – for graduating high school seniors to earn a bachelor’s degree in four years.
- Transfer Pathways – for college students from community colleges or other four-year universities to transfer credits and earn a Hiram degree, often in two years. Hiram has partnership programs at Lorain Community College, Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College locations.
- Online Degree Pathways – two fully-online bachelor degree programs in business management and in accounting and financial management.
- Weekend College Pathway – blended format of online and in-person classes that meet on-campus every-other week for maximum flexibility. Bachelor degree available in: accounting and financial management; business management; communication; healthcare services management; integrated environmental studies; and social sciences.
- College Credit Plus Pathway – the Ohio program that allows high school students to complete college courses while still in high school, reducing the time and costs of college.
- A new “Emerging Scholars Pathway” – allows students who need additional academic support to gain conditional admission to Hiram in the first year. After successful completion of the program, students continue on to complete their bachelor’s degree.
- Eclectic Scholars Pathway – Hiram’s honors program now in its fourth year, challenges high-achieving high school students to take on interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems collaboratively throughout their college careers, culminating in final projects that challenge students to incorporate understandings and techniques from another discipline into their work in their major.